Monday, January 28, 2008

Wise Words

Jen gets to the heart of the problem of abortion while explaining her own conversion from being pro-choice to being pro-life.

I didn't want to hear too much about heartbeats or souls or brain activity...terminating pregnancies just had to be OK, because carrying a baby to term and becoming a parent is a huge deal...and society had made it very clear that sex is not a huge deal. As long as I accepted that for people to engage in sex in a contraceptive mentality was morally OK, I could not bring myself to even consider that abortion might not be OK. It just seemed too inhumane to make women deal with life-altering consequences for an act that was not supposed to have life-altering consequences.

When we're fed the lie that you can separate sex from procreation, we make up other lies to convince ourselves that the evil being done as a result isn't really evil, and even more, is a "right" and a good worth fighting for.

Definitely read the whole post, it's great as usual!


Jennifer F. said...

Thanks for the link!

...Also, I totally forgot that you're in this area. We should grab coffee sometime!

Stephanie said...

I would love to!

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Excellent post, Stephanie. I've awarded you the "You make the world a better place" award. See Dymphna's Well for details.

Stephanie said...

Why thank you! :-)

Chris said...

It is sad, but once of the great hypocrisies of the pro-life movement is the contraceptive mentality of many pro-lifers. I have a great deal of respect for anyone who can do, say, sidewalk counseling. I doubt my own ability to do so. However, many on the front lines will not separate themselves from their own contraceptives. There was a recent Catholic Exchange article that observed the difficulty Christians face in accepting the abortifacient qualities of hormonal birth control vs. the ease with which secular audiences accept it: "Dr. Walt Larimore has told me that whenever he has presented this evidence to audiences of secular physicians, there has been little or no resistance to it. But when he has presented it to Christian physicians there has been substantial resistance. Since secular physicians do not care whether the Pill prevents implantation, they tend to be objective in interpreting the evidence. After all, they have little or nothing at stake either way. Christian physicians, however, very much do not want to believe the Pill causes early abortions."

The simple fact is that very etymology of contraception is indicative of the mentality required to acquiesce to its use. "Contra" means against; "coeptis" means beginning. To contracept is to demonstrate that one is against the beginning of life, and if one is against the beginning, one is necessarily against the whole thing.

Sadly, I fear that abortion will exist - and exist legally - as long as the acceptance of contraception is widespread. This is because contraception is the root, and the abortion weed will always grow back, no matter how much we prune it, until we get rid of the roots.

Stephanie said...

I completely agree! Good thoughts.